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Law enforcement officials in Memphis, Tennessee are still waiting for the suspected killer of Young Dolph to turn himself in.

Young Dolph, real name Adolph Thornton, was gunned down by two men inside a Tennessee bakery on November 17.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations and U.S. Marshals Service named Justin Johnson as one of the killers.

Johnson, 23, promised to turn himself in to police on Monday, Jan. 10, but instead, he dropped a music video showcasing his mumble rapping skills.
 
RELATED: Young Dolph Murder Suspect Was Sentenced to 5 Years for Shooting Three People in 2017
 
The Memphis Police Department and U.S. Marshals are still on a nationwide manhunt for the aspiring rapper, who calls himself "Straight Drop." It is reported that officials viewed his music video for clues to his whereabouts.

The home where the music video was filmed is the same location where the getaway vehicle, a white Mercedes Benz was found abandoned.

According to Fox13 Memphis, an attorney representing Johnson said he was unaware of the rapper's plan to turn himself in.

Johnson posted on his Instagram story last week:

"Turning Myself In Monday @ 201. I'm Innocent. I'll Be Back Sooner Than You Can Blink." He also had a message for bloggers: "Next time post the REAL .. BS blogs."

Johnson is wanted on charges of First-Degree murder, Criminal Attempt-First Degree Murder, and Theft of Property valued between $10,000-$60,000.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Marshals Service, and Crime Stoppers have offered a reward of $15,000 for tips leading to Johnson's capture.

Watch the music video below.

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A TikTok user has exposed speed rapper Twista as a deadbeat dad who refuses to acknowledge her in public.

The young lady, who goes by Sparkle Cahtour on TikTok, captioned a video:

"When your first time seeing your dad is in concert but he tell security he don't want to talk to you."

 

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The video was viewed over 3.2 million times on TikTok.

According to Twista's bio, the Chicago native was married from 1991 to 1999 and fathered a daughter with his ex-wife. Apparently, the child support checks have run out and the daughter is now speaking out.

Twista, 48, is best known for his rapid-fire rapping style. He once held the Guinness World Record for pronouncing 598 syllables in 55 seconds.

He is also known for his hit records "Slow Jamz" (featuring Kanye West & Jamie Foxx) and "Overnight Celebrity."
 

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R&B singer/actress Mary J. Blige enjoyed some downtime at the beach during Art Basel 2021 in Miami on Monday.

The 50-year-old star relaxed on the beach while soaking up some sun rays in a stylish Dior bikini and matching bucket hat.

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After getting her daily recommended dose of Vitamin D from the sun, the R&B queen stuffed her curves into a pair of cutout denim shorts.

Mary gained a new generation of fans in her role as drug queenpin Monet Tejada in TV drama Power Book II: Ghost. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul returns to the music scene with an empowering new single, "Good Morning Gorgeous."

    I wake up every morning and tell myself
    Good morning gorgeous
    Sometimes you gotta look in the mirror and say
    Good morning gorgeous
    No one else can make me feel this way
    Good morning gorgeous
    Good morning gorgeous

 
Check out the music video below.
 

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Neo-Soul R&B singer-songwriter Davion Farris released his new music video "Sometimes" via Lena Waithe's Hillman Grad Records / Def Jam Recordings.

Hailing from Inglewood California, two-time GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Davion Farris has previously written with and for artists such as Mary J Blige, Tyrese, Trey Songz, Ginuwine, Jill Scott, SiR, and more.

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"Davion is a timeless artist," said Lena Waithe. "He isn't afraid to be vulnerable in his music. And that's why he stood out to myself, Albert, and Tebs as an artist we wanted to sign. He's been a fantastic collaborator and we can't for everyone to hear what we've been cooking up."

"Sometimes is for those of us who give our best and still get knocked down. It's a reminder that we're not alone," said Davion Farris. "This song is about strength in vulnerability. It's OK to acknowledge that in certain moments, you're not OK."

However, fans say "Sometimes" is an ode to the new Black male who is in touch with his feelings and finds strength through weakness.

    "I stumble sometimes
    I lay awake at night
    I drink and I cry
    'Cause I'm only strong sometimes, sometimes

    Took less than my worth
    Put everyone first
    It broke me inside
    That's why I'm only strong sometimes, sometimes"

 

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Here is what the press is saying about "Sometimes":

"...lyrics and penetrating vocals to paint a vivid portrait of love and its complications."
~TEEN VOGUE

"...soulful ballad..."
~VIBE

"...the song's lyrics aim to spark self-reflect, encouraging listeners to embrace the times when they're emotionally drained."
~RATED R&B

STREAM "Sometimes" HERE.
 

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It seems American artists haven't learn a thing since rapper A$AP Rocky was locked up for acting out in a foreign country. It took a special request from then-President Donald Trump to secure his release.

American singer Ari Lennox cried "racism" when she was locked up for showing out in Amsterdam over the weekend.

The Grammy-nominated singer, who is Black, claims she was "racially profiled" at the Amsterdam airport and tweeted "Amsterdam security hate black people."

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According to published reports, the 30-year-old R&B star was arrested at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport for disorderly conduct.

Like most entitled American stars who get into trouble when traveling abroad, Lennox played the victim on Twitter.

"I'm being arrested in Amsterdam for reacting to a woman racially profiling me... Fuck Amsterdam security. They hate black people... I just want to go home. I'll never leave my house again."

However, Amsterdam police told a different story. Police said Lennox was impolite to a female security officer and she was cuffed when she refused to calm down.

"Our unit found a woman full of emotions, that wouldn't calm down. That's why she had to be taken into custody... she was probably under the influence of the alcohol, and this was later confirmed... Our concern is to get everything on paper and ask her why she made those threats."

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A KLM spokesperson added:

"There was an altercation ... about seeing her identification. The lady did not show the correct document. When the employee confronted her, she drew the wrong conclusions. Meanwhile, her management has apologized to us and she will make a statement later today."

Lennox, real name Courtney Shanade Salter, grew up in Washington, D.C. and was inspired by singers like Mariah Carey and Ella Fitzgerald.
 

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From a press release

It's officially ICY SEASON! On the heels of a global takeover at the EMAs and a stellar debut performance on SNL, multi-platinum star and BET Hip-Hop Awards "Hustler of The Year" Saweetie earned two Grammy® nominations for "Best New Artist" and "Best Rap Song."

The CBS broadcast of the 64th annual Grammy® Awards will air live from Los Angeles on Monday, January 31, 2022.

Saweetie excitedly shared:

"I'm speechless! I wish I had the words to express how I feel right now. I'm just so grateful! Being acknowledged for all of the hard work that me and my team have been doing feels AMAZING. Thank you to Team Icy for sticking with me through thick and thin! What an exciting morning! IKDR!!"

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Last week, Saweetie released a brand-new single entitled "Icy Chain" and slayed her debut performance of it on SNL. People magazine said "Saweetie rocked the Saturday Night Live stage," and Pop Sugar called her performance "electric!"

"Icy Chain" has received widespread critical acclaim. Right out of the gate, Vulture raved, "The extremely twerkable track relies on Saweetie being in the fro-zone – rapping for most of the just-under-two-minute song," and went on to add, "Only Mariah Carey is more on-brand this time of year."

Meanwhile, The FADER noted, "On 'Icy Chain,' she raps confidently." Watch the SNL performance HERE and listen to "Icy Chain" HERE She also recently contributed "Get It Girl" to Insecure: Music From The HBO Original Series Season 5. Plus, she delivers the aptly titled "Attitude" on Bruised (Soundtrack From and Inspired By The Netflix Film).

Saweetie's made an undeniable mark on pop culture. In addition to partnerships with McDonald's, MAC, Crocs, and more, Saweetie won a 2021 "Best New Artist" EMA, MTV VMA for Art Direction "Best Friend," 2021 BET Hip-Hop Award for "Hustler Of The Year" and received nominations for an American Music Award and a People’s Choice Award.

Watch what Saweetie does next. Pretty Bitch Music is coming soon!
 

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A reader emailed me insisting that mumble rapper Gunna dressed up as Rihanna for Halloween.

As you know, Rihanna nearly broke the Internet when she dressed up as her crush, Gunna, for Halloween.

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Black Twitter had a field day dissecting Rihanna's costume and mocking her boyfriend A$Ap Rocky.

However, a loyal reader emailed your auntie, claiming Gunna dressed up as Rihanna for Halloween -- and she provided receipts.

She sent me a video of a guy she claims is rapper Gunna dressed in a red wig and booty shorts just like Rihanna wore in her music video for "What's My Name."

I don't know, y'all. I suspect someone is pulling my leg. The guy in the video doesn't look like Gunna at all.

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Here is a photo of Gunna (he's the one in the middle).

Watch the video below and let me know what you think.


 

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Adele's fans aren't the only ones who weren't excited about her new single "Easy On Me" upon first listen.

Adele's closest friends also weren't fond of her new single when they first heard it.

The megastar made her long-awaited comeback last week with her lead single from her fourth studio album, 30, which shattered the Spotify record for most streams in a single day.

Her friends were the first to warn her that "Easy On Me" was not easy on their ears.

"I sent a snippet of me singing it as I was writing it to three of my closest friends here," Adele told Greg James on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show, "One didn't like it, the other one was like, 'Well, yeah, maybe, keep trying though.'"

Adele said she wasn't discouraged by her friends' responses to the tune.

"That was the perfect response for me. I'm such a knee-jerk person. I'll be like, 'I don't like it, forget it!' I'm like that with my music. I'm like that with just things I want to do. I'm like that with my feelings and stuff and I think it was clear to them (her friends) in the lyrics that I've bided my time and I wasn't reacting to a reaction or anything like that.

"It was just a feeling that I had stirred on for a while."

Adele's long-awaited album 30 is set for release on November 19.
 

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Stephanie Mills says she should have married Michael Jackson to protect him from music industry influences.

Stephanie, 64, posted a photo of herself with Black Michael. The image is one of many photos taken of the friends together.

Stephanie captioned the image: "Michael and I should have married. I would have protected the beautiful one."

There were rumors that Stephanie had a crush on the late pop icon in the 1980s, but they were never romantically involved, according to insiders.

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Stephanie was 17 when she gained international fame for her electrifying performance as Dorothy in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The Wiz from 1974 to 1979.

Stephanie's song "Home" from The Wiz soundtrack was a Number 1 U.S. R&B hit for her. The song was performed by Diana Ross in the 1978 film adaptation of The Wiz.

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Even though Stephanie never got to first base with Michael, she did marry singer/dancer Jeffrey Daniel, of Shalamar and Soul Train fame.

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Jeffrey, pictured with Jackie Jackson of The Jacksons in 1982, is credited with teaching Michael Jackson the Moonwalk.

Stephanie and Jeffrey, 64, divorced in 1983 after three years of marriage.

Stephanie later married Dino Meminger: (1989–1991) and Michael Saunders (1993–2001).
 

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Kelis released a music video for her new single "Midnight Snacks" - her first single since 2014.

The music video was directed by Adrienne Raquel (Travis Scott, Rihanna, Selena Gomez). The video premiered on Oct. 7 on BET Soul, BET Her and the Times Square Viacom billboard.

Somebody recently told Kelis that she always sings about food. "I was like, do I?" she laughed.

"I mean, obviously I do. It isn't intentional, but the idea is just that food is a very carnal thing. Everyone can relate to it. It's very human, it's sensual, it's something that you crave. And it's sexy."

According to Radio Facts,"Midnight Snacks" was recorded in a studio on a boat in London and produce by The FaNaTix (Nicki Minaj, Popcaan, Vybz Kartel).

Kelis said she was inspired to write "Midnight Snacks" after hearing the beat.

"I heard the beat, thought it was dope, and the first thing that came to mind was 'Midnight Snacks,'" said Kelis.

"The FaNaTix were like, what are you talking about? And I was like, it makes you feel like a midnight snack! And that was it," says Kelis, who added she may keep singing about food.

"It's funny to me, but I like the fact that you can take sex and food, and you can put these two things together, and they're totally interchangeable. I love that."

Kelis' husband, Mike Mora, 36, recently revealed his yearlong battle with stomach cancer.

Kelis has not commented on her husband's cancer diagnosis.
 

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